"Tough Two Months" – Richard Semrau

Illini recruit 6"-9" Richard Semrau took the time to give Illinboard.com an update on his health and what he expects for the 2006-07 fighting Illini.

Rich Semrau, from Ohio, has been nursing a torn tendon in his foot. This has kept him back for two months. "During the end of season I didn't really practice much, I just played in games, my doctors and coaches felt it was better if I just played and try to rest my foot."

Today starts Spring Break for Semrau, and he plans to take it easy to rest up. "I'm just going to do some shooting over break and hit the weights really hard but no running. Also I plan to call Brian Carlwell soon, I know he's been busy but I want to get to know him better since we're going to be roommates next year."

With big men, it's easy to assume some may red-shirt. But Semrau said at this point he doesn't see that in his future. "No they haven't said a word to me about that. I know they talked to me about coming in at the four spot and doing the same kind of things James Augustine did for them last year. That's why I have to get healthy and go down there ready to play," said Semrau.

Just like most collegiate athletes, they go to summer school to get a jump-start in the classroom, and Semrau will be no different. "I plan to get down there on June 7th get moved in and play ball for a couple days and then school starts on the 12th," Semrau added.

Semrau is a talented, big man, who at times plays like a guard. He's a polished man who passes the ball very well. Red-shirted or not, I can see in a few years - if he is a part of head Coach Bruce Weber's motion offense - he could really flourish.

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